graduate high school ready for college & career



graduate high school ready for college & career

Why is Graduating Ready for College & Career a Milestone?

In today's economy, skills and education are becoming increasingly important to a student's career prospects. While only 26% of middle-class workers in 1970 had post-secondary education, today over 60% of all jobs require a higher education. This means that it is imperative for students to not only graduate high school, but graduate with the skills and requirements needed to enroll and succeed in college or career. Even if a student chooses not to enroll in college or a post-secondary program, the skills gained by achievement of this milestone are important for a successful career.

Because of this, the Marin Promise Partnership has determined that to effectively track this milestone it is important to both look at how many students are graduating high school and whether they are graduating ready for college and career. 


  • Students fail to graduate high school or graduate lacking the skills necessary to enroll or succeed in college or career.
  • Those that do enroll often require remedial classes which cost time and money just to pull even with their peers. Students enrolled in remedial classes often report feeling discouraged and may go on to drop out of college.


  • Students not only graduate high school but do so having the skills necessary to enroll, and succeed, in college or career.
  • Students have the choice to apply to colleges, including the UC/CSU system, or, if they choose not to continue their education, they have the skills needed to step into a promising career.



A key indicator of College & Career Readiness is whether students are graduating High School HAVING Completed the UC/CSU Application Requirements.

What are the UC/CSU application requirements?

a. History/Social Science (2 years)
b. English (4 years)
c. Mathematics (3 years, UC recommends 4)
d. Laboratory Science (2 years, UC recommends 3)
e. Language Other than English (2 years, UC recommends 3)
f. Visual/Performing Arts (1 year)
g. College Preparatory Elective (1 year)


And why are they important?

The University of California (UC) system and the California State University system require entering freshmen to complete certain courses prior to attending. These courses are called the “a-g” courses. 

Along with being required for full access to college, these requirements are also meant to provide skills critical to success in the workplace.

The Data Story

The Data Story

While almost 92% of all Marin Seniors graduated in 2013/2014, only 63% of the graduates completed the UC/CSU application requirements to attend California state schools without remedial coursework or the skills needed for success in our economy.

Being able to understand the disparities hidden within the overall numbers is key to effectively overcoming the barriers and gaps in our educational eco-system as we pursue the promise for all Marin students.

when the system is working

The data shows that students for whom the educational ecosystem is working are fulfilling the UC/CSU application requirements at rates higher than the overall average.

75% of White graduates and 80% of Asian graduates met the requirements necessary to apply to the UC/CSU systems.

This gives them a much greater choice of whether and where to go to college/post-secondary, means that they are less likely to need remedial classes upon enrollment, and, if they choose to go straight into a career, they have been given the skills needed to be successful.


when the system isn't working

Students who face structural barriers, such as Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Students, or Students of Color are particular at risk for missing this milestone. 

26.5% of Economically Disadvantaged** graduates28.4% of Black/African American graduates, and only 37.4% of Hispanic/Latino graduates met the requirements. Even more striking is that only 5% of English Language Learners met the application requirements upon graduating.

These students do not have the option to apply to the UC or CSU schools, face remedial classes if they do attend college/post-secondary, and have not received the skills to be successful in a career.

data helps identify who truly has the opportunity to go to college

*the definition of English Learner changed between 2011-2012 & 2012-2013 to include fewer students in the category

**Economically Disadvantaged - students qualifying for free or reduced lunch